Vote for the Product of the Year

By Helsinki Design Weekly     29. June 2017

Helsinki Design Week'a Muoto Gala awards Finnish designers and companies that invest in design. Vote for your favourite!

Helsinki Design Week organizes the Muoto Gala design event at the Clarion Hotel Helsinki on 13 September. The event awards Finnish designers and companies that invest in design. Awards are given in six different categories.

The public can vote for the Product of the Year. For the category, the Muoto jury has listed three products handcrafted using traditional methods. All candidates share modern outlooks and ecological values.

The jury decides the winners of the other five categories: Design Deed, Young Promise, Lifework, Helsinki Design Award and Internationalization.

Vote for your favourite by 20 August and win a ticket for two to the Muoto Gala, including an overnight stay in a double room at the Clarion Hotel Helsinki.

Product of the Year Candidates

Hanna Sarén: éN brimmed hats

Finalist Hanna Saren
Hanna Sarén: éN brimmed hats

Sarén’s brimmed hats come in two different models, three heights and three different brims for men and women. The designer got her idea for the hats after looking for a perfect brimmed hat in stores for ages. Finally she decided to design her own collection.

Her design has been inspired by simplification that shows in the minimalist form of the éN hats. These magnificently colourful high quality hats are handmade in a hat-maker studio on Korkeavuorenkatu in Helsinki.

Hanna Sarén is a fashion designer who studied shoe design at the Wetterhoff School of Arts and Crafts. She has designed clothing, bags and shoes to her Hanna Sarén brand. The hat collection was launched in August 2016.

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Antrei Hartikainen: Kukkii sculptures

Finalist Antrei Hartikainen
Anteri Hartikainen: Kukkii sculptures © Kari Nyyssönen

Kukkii (‘Blooming’) is a series of wooden shelves and tall, standing sculptures. Each is a unique piece of art. Hartikainen got the idea from biodiversity and natural transformations. Lights and shadows as well as practical needs inspired the designer. He observes different objects in the nature and way of life in respective environments.

Antrei Hartikainen was born in Outokumpu, Finland, studied to become a wood artisan in Joensuu, and later achieved master carpenter's degree. Hartikainen lives in Fiskars working for a company called Nikari Oy.

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Tuula Pöyhönen: Ragamuf chair rugs

Finalist Tuula Pöyhönen
Tuula Pöyhönen: Ragamuf chair rugs

Ragamuf is a flexible design rug that can be spread to cover chairs of different sizes and shapes. Ragamuf employs Syrian refugee women who live in Turkey. Pöyhönen got her idea for the rugs in 2015 after finding an old worn-out sofa and later some sporty lattice material at the draper’s. Practical challenges often guide Pöyhönen to design a solution, but her intuition is also led by the spirit of the times. The chosen material leads her to functional, visually interesting outcomes.

Tuula Pöyhönen studied clothing design at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, and she has designed clothing, accessories, interior decoration and kids’ products for Marimekko and for her own Onni clothing brand, among othe.

Vote for your favourite by 20 August and win a ticket for two to the Muoto Gala, including an overnight stay in a double room at the Clarion Hotel Helsinki.

VOTE

Vote for your favourite by 20 August and win a ticket for two to the Muoto Gala, including an overnight stay in a double room at the Clarion Hotel Helsinki.

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